Commonly, eating disorders are grouped into three types: anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating (known as binge eating). The PATHWAY program for Eating Disorders Treatment works conjointly with the resources available in the RENEWAL program to incorporate a Christian spiritual component into the therapeutic process. By bringing together the physicians, therapists, nurses, dietitian and RENEWAL Chaplains the program can offer the best opportunity for creating positive and lasting change.
Please refer to the information below to learn more about these eating-related disorders:
Anorexia nervosa, often known simply as anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by the restriction of food and the refusal to maintain a healthy body weight. Behaviors like calorie counting and dieting can quickly spiral out of control. Anorexia, if left untreated, is life-threatening. For individuals suffering from anorexia, life can seem utterly hopeless. But help is available.
Anorexics limit their intake of calories at all costs. They often adopt an extremely restrictive diet and skip meals. Other ways they limit their caloric intake include:
If you or someone you love is suffering from anorexia nervosa, the first step is to acknowledge the condition. Individuals exhibiting the following symptoms might be suffering from anorexia:
Bulimia nervosa, often known simply as bulimia, is an eating disorder characterized by episodes of binge eating followed by episodes of purging in order to restrict body weight. Bulimia is often coupled with anorexia nervosa, forming a deadly combination. Without proper treatment, bulimia can lead to death. But hope is available!
For individuals with bulimia, purging is often used as a way of coping with life’s daily troubles. But the eating disorder itself can be linked to traumatic events like physical abuse or the loss of a loved one. By involving God in your recovery, you can help gain the strength to confront psychological issues head on.
The most common form of bulimic behavior is induced vomiting following binge eating. While vomiting may temporarily alleviate a sense of fullness and provide a temporary sense of satisfaction, bulimic behavior is a source of shame. Bulimics often view the purge as regaining control from the compulsive binge.
If you or someone you love is suffering from bulimia nervosa, the first step is to acknowledge the condition. Individuals exhibiting the following symptoms might be suffering from bulimia:
Compulsive overeating is an eating disorder characterized by binge eating. Compulsive overeating episodes are usually triggered by unwanted feelings and are used as a coping mechanism. When you are suffering from compulsive overeating, it’s easy for life to feel out of control. With proper treatment and counseling, your relationship with God can be stronger than ever.
Individuals suffering with this eating disorder often describe eating binges as a way of numbing out intense feelings. While eating binges can temporarily alleviate unwanted feelings of stress, depression or anxiety, they eventually lead to feelings of shame for the compulsive overeater.
If you or someone you love is suffering from compulsive overeating, the first step is to acknowledge the condition. Individuals exhibiting the following symptoms might be suffering from compulsive overeating:
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